The way the economy's going I, for one, believe that more of us are going to consider becoming a contractor at some point. Either we'll decide the trade-offs in lifestyle, flexibility and pay will be worth the hassle of paperwork and insurance -- or because businesses in general increasingly like the idea of having a flexible work force. If you're thinking about contracting, or are just curious about some of the dynamics at play, here are seven stores to take a look at.